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Women’s Entrepreneurship and Culture

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Women’s Entrepreneurship and Culture

Socio-cultural Context, Traditional Family Roles and Self-determination

9781789905038 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Ulrike Guelich, Assistant Professor, GEM (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor) Thailand Team Leader, Bangkok University School of Entrepreneurship and Management, Thailand, Amanda Bullough, Associate Professor, Management and Global Leadership; Co-Founder and Research Director, Women’s Leadership Initiative; Principal Co-investigator, GLOBE Project: GLOBE 2020; University of Delaware, Tatiana S. Manolova, Professor of Management, Bentley University and Leon Schjoedt, Visiting Research Scholar, Babson College, US
Publication Date: July 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78990 503 8 Extent: c 272 pp
Women’s entrepreneurship is an effective way to combat poverty, hunger and disease, to stimulate sustainable business practices, and to promote gender equality. Yet, deeply engrained cultural norms often prescribe gender-specific roles and behaviors that severely constrain the opportunities for women’s entrepreneurial activities. This excellent new volume of work from the Diana Group explores this paradox.

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Women’s entrepreneurship is an effective way to combat poverty, hunger and disease, to stimulate sustainable business practices, and to promote gender equality. Yet, deeply engrained cultural norms often prescribe gender-specific roles and behaviors that severely constrain the opportunities for women’s entrepreneurial activities. This excellent new volume of work from the Diana Group explores this paradox.

As women-entrepreneurs circumvent challenges and obstacles, they also ameliorate the cultural context for future women entrepreneurs. In this book, studies covering 40 countries document how culture affects women’s entrepreneurship, and how women’s entrepreneurship, in turn, shapes the cultural milieu. The work is organized into three main themes: (1) the socio-cultural context for women’s entrepreneurship; (2) women’s entrepreneurship as emancipation from traditional family roles; and (3) government policies and programs and self-determination in women’s entrepreneurship.

This illuminating and inspiring book offers valuable insights for students of women’s entrepreneurship, practicing entrepreneurs, and public policy makers interested in promoting women’s entrepreneurship in different cultural contexts around the world.
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‘For the first time, the idea of dynamic interaction between women’s entrepreneurship and socio-cultural context is considered from the perspectives of family roles and self-determination across a variety of countries. Not only does this volume highlight how culture affects women’s entrepreneurship, but also it explores how women’s entrepreneurship influences cultural context. A well edited and interesting collection of chapters!’
– Candida G. Brush, Babson College, US

‘My colleagues Ulrike Guelich, Amanda Bullough, Tatiana Manolova and Leon Schjoedt, leading scholars on women entrepreneurship topics, edit this volume that provides rich content about the relevance of the socio-cultural dynamics that shape any kind of entrepreneurial endeavor led by women. With a collection of conceptual and empirical perspectives from cases around the world, this book enhances and brings to life the research agenda for women in entrepreneurship.’
– José Ernesto Amorós, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

‘This volume takes an incisive step forward in building a generalizable theory on women’s entrepreneurship and culture. It extends growing scholarship on women’s entrepreneurship in developed economies, with understanding of the impact of socio-cultural norms on women entrepreneurs in emerging and developing countries and regions including Bangladesh, China, India, Ethiopia, South Africa and the MENA region, as well as provides 20-country comparative analysis. A must-read for anyone including policymakers interested in female entrepreneurship and others with wider interest in entrepreneurship, self-determination and economic development.’
– Anne de Bruin, Massey University, New Zealand
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Contributors include: U.A. Agarwal, P.K. Ahmed, Z. Arasti, W.C. Au, M. Augusto, J. Banu, R. Baral, B.L. Bastian, A. Bullough, R. Frank, U. Guelich, S. Hill, B.N. Irene, N.C. Jurik, B. Mandawa-Bray, T.S. Manolova, M. Markowska, B.D. Metcalf, W.K. Murithi, S. Nourin, M. Rastogi, L. Sadeghi, M. Saeedian, L. Schjoedt, T. Tesfaye Abebe, P. Torres, D. Zhang








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